Candle-lit lanterns dedicated to those who lost their lives
January 17th marks the 22nd anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake that devastated the prefecture of Hyogo including our sister city, Kobe, Japan. Sadly over 6,000 people lost their lives as buildings and highways collapsed from the 7.3 magnitude earthquake that took people by surprise in the early hours o the morning. Today various memorials and events were held in Kobe and surrounding regions to honor the dead and preserve the memory of the impact of the event for future generations to learn from and continue honoring.
Just one example of the incredible destruction of the earthquake
It is clear with more recent natural disasters that have struck Japan that there is no certainty or level of preparedness that can avoid such traumatic events just yet. But there is hope that keeping these disasters alive in memory will help future generations in making impactful changes that could minimize damage and risk for this type of danger. Survivors of both the recent Kumamoto and Fukushima earthquakes were also in attendance at a memorial event held in Kobe.
(Left) Map of Japan with Epicenter of the quake. (Right) Kobe Earthquake Memorial Museum in the Chuo Ward of Kobe, Hyogo.